Room - Emma Donoghue


By Emma Donoghue

  • Release Date: 2010-09-13
  • Genre: Literary
Room book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,811 Ratings)

Room Emma Donoghue Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The award-winning bestseller that became one of the most talked about and memorable novels of the decade, Room is "utterly gripping...a heart-stopping novel" (San Francisco Chronicle).   Held captive for years in a small shed, a woman and her precocious young son finally gain their freedom, and the boy experiences the outside world for the first time.

To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating — a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

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User reviews about this book

  • 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    By amandax345
    A very unique book. I love how we get to see the point of view of the child.
  • Beautiful story

    By Shebdiabfjdoahd
    I loved the film so much, but I knew the book would be even better. There is so much more in this story that we didn’t see in the film. The pacing of Jack learning about the world outside of room is just as perfect on paper as it is on screen. I absolutely loved this story. I loved the characters. I love Jack’s narration. Great book!
  • Good story

    By VLH171
    This is a good story but the dialogue for the child was a bit clumsy. Seems to be based on the Dugard story
  • Watch the movie

    By victoriaantoria
    I started having already watched the movie did not regret it like I usually do I felt the book and movie perfectly complimented each other. What a great,scary, and terrible story.
  • Wonderful

    By Mother tucker4
    Such a heart breaking but hopeful read! You can feel the pain like the mornings dew.
  • Amazing

    By #beastsauce
    I think many shy away from this book because of the subject matter. It is written from a child’s perspective, giving it innocence and a unique take. A fantastic book!
  • Meh

    By Thelazyshrimp
    I feel like this book could’ve been sooo good but the storyline is really boring after the past like 200 pages.
  • Would

    By Reader220
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  • Beautiful & Compelling

    By delsym24hr
    This book, and the accompanying movie are so, so well written. The emotions feel authentic, as if you were truly in the same situation that these people were in. Emotionally compelling, tear-tugging, this tragic-turned-inspiring story will surely make one realize the power of a mother's love, and the ability to heal from the monsters that haunt us every single day. There is some disturbing parts, so this is probably best reserved for an older audience--but if you can handle the sickening parts, you'll fall in love with this book. Instant classic.
  • Unforgettable

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    This book blew me away. It's about a kidnapped woman living and her son growing up in captivity and trying to acclimate into the real world. I was not prepared for all that happens. Everything is told from the little boy's point of view, and it seems so real. I had many wow, nervous, heart, etc moments. I loved it, and I don't think I will ever forget this story.

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